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Hamilton College Women’s Hockey begins quest for NESCAC title

For the eighth-ranked Hamilton College Continentals Women’s Hockey Team (13-5-6 overall, 6-5-5 NESCAC), the third time must be a charm. On Saturday afternoon they will face the tenth-ranked Trinity Bantams (15-6-2 overall, 8-6-0 NESCAC) at Sage Rink in the quarterfinal round of the 2024 NESCAC Tournament. The Continentals won the first regular-season meeting between the teams 3-1 on December 1. The following afternoon they skated to a 1-1 draw.

Not only are the Continentals and Bantams close in the USCHO rankings, but they also finished the regular season separated by 0.5 points in the NESCAC standings. Hamilton earned the fourth seed with 26.5 points, while Trinity totaled 26 points and the fifth seed.

First-year head coach Kayte Holtz’s Continentals are no strangers to playing close games. Outside of a 4-0 victory against Morrisville on November 21, Hamilton has not had a game this season where they have won or lost by more than two goals. This experience in close games should serve them well in the NESCAC Tournament, as the conference is renowned for its low-scoring, tight-checking games.

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The Continental’s strengths have been their defensive and special teams play, and this season was no different. They have allowed only 1.3 goals per game this season. On the power play, the Continentals are operating at a 21.4% efficiency rate and they are 91.9% on the penalty kill. Hamilton is in the top 15 in Division III in team defense, the power play, and the penalty kill.

The Hamilton offense has been seemingly done by committee all season. Senior forward Abby Smith leads the team in points, while fellow senior forward Claire McGennis leads in goals. Senior defender Sami Quackenbush leads the Continentals in assists.

Sami Quackenbush heads up ice during a game at Sage Rink. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

First-year goaltender Teagan Brown took the starter’s role in the Hamilton crease this season and never let it go. She has a record of 10-4-4 with a 1.14 GAA, 0.950 save percentage, and five shutouts. Her backup, Mac Donovan, has been solid as well. In six games played, Donovan has a record of 3-1-2, with a 1.61 GAA, 0.925 save percentage, and one shutout.

Hamilton College goaltender Teagan Brown makes a save during the Continental’s December 9 game against the Utica Pioneers. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

The Trinity Bantams play a similar game to the Continentals in that they too a defensive-minded team that excels on the special teams. They have allowed just 1.2 goals per game, and are 92.4% on the penalty kill.

Hamilton will have to keep an eye on Jenny Guider on Saturday afternoon, as the senior forward leads the Bantams in both goals and points. Junior forward Martina Exnerova is just two points behind Guider, while another junior forward, Paige Kehoe, leads the team in assists.

In goal, senior Hannah Leclair has started all but one game for Trinity. She has compiled a record of 14-6-2, with a 1.17 GAA, 0.947 save percentage, and seven shutouts.

Saturday’s game between the Hamilton College Continentals and Trinity Bantams is scheduled to start at 4:30 pm. The winner will advance to the Semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament on Friday, March 1 against an opponent to be determined. For more information about the Hamilton College Continentals, visit https://athletics.hamilton.edu.

Team Statistics

Hamilton College Continentals

  • Goals Per Game: 2.0
  • Goals Allowed Per Game: 1.3
  • Shots Per Game: 30.8
  • Shots Allowed Per Game: 23.0
  • Power Play: 21.4%
  • Penalty Kill: 91.9%

Individual Leaders

  • Goals: Claire McGennis (13)
  • Assists: Sami Quackenbush (12)
  • Points: Abby Smith (16)
  • Shots: Abby Smith (105)
  • PPG: Abby Smith + Claire McGennis (3 each)
  • SHG: Sami Quackenbush (1)
  • GWG: Abby Smith (4)
  • +/-: Lydia Bullock + Ava Romano (+9 each)
  • PIM: Emily Ferguson (14)

Goaltenders

Teagan Brown: 10-4-4, 1.14 GAA, 0.950 save percentage, 398 saves, five shutouts.

Mac Donovan: 3-1-2, 1.61 GAA, 0.925 save percentage, 124 saves, one shutout.

Trinity Bantams

  • Goals Per Game: 2.4
  • Goals Against Per Game: 1.2
  • Shots Per Game: 28.1
  • Shots Allowed Per Game: 21.7
  • Power Play: 17.8%
  • Penalty Kill: 92.4%

Individual Leaders

  • Goals: Jenny Guider (14)
  • Assists: Paige Kehoe (12)
  • Points: Jenny Guider (19)
  • Shots: Jelani Adorno (68)
  • PPG: Jenny Guider (3)
  • SHG: none
  • GWG: Jenny Guider + Martina Exnerova (3 each)
  • +/-: Martina Exnerova (+19)
  • PIM: Emma Robertson (20)

Goaltenders

Hannah Leclair: 14-6-2, 1.17 GAA, 0.947 save percentage, 468 saves, seven shutouts.

Madeline Carter: 1-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save percentage, four saves, one shutout.

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